In observance of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, Miami University will present a weeklong series of programs about the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.
On this 17th international observation of World AIDS Day, organizers including Miami students, staff, and faculty will follow the universitys theme of Citizens of the World, by providing opportunities to learn about the scope and impact HIV will have on the world and on each of us.
All events are open to the public:
- Pandemic: Facing Aids, a documentary, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in the Great Room in MacMillan Hall. The documentary by Rory Kennedy about the global HIV/AIDS pandemic is told by those who are living with HIV in Uganda, Russia, India, Thailand and Brazil. Admission is free.
- Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt, the Academy Award winning documentary about the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Room 113 Laws Hall. Admission is free. The film features personal accounts from the families and loved ones of people who have died of AIDS. Interwoven is news footage from the early days of HIV in the United States and the story of the quilts significance as a memorial, as an educational tool and as an expression of healing.
- The centerpiece of the World AIDS Day observation is the display of a portion of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 1-2 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in the Robert E. & Martha Hull Lee Gallery in Hiestand Hall. Five 12 feet x 12 feet panels of the quilt will be on display and feature personal memorials to persons lost to AIDS. Each panel is unique and handmade. At over 1.2 million square feet, the quilt is too large to be displayed in its entirety; There are over 46,000 individual panels that commemorate persons from around the world. The Miami University display will feature requested panels including that of Pedro Zamora, the AIDS activist who appeared in MTVs Real World: San Francisco. Admission is free.
- The opening ceremony and interdenominational blessing for The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Shriver Center multipurpose room. Representatives from different faiths will join together in a candlelight ceremony in a statement of caring for persons living with HIV/AIDS across the world. Sponsored by Lights on Campus.
- SKAIDS-SKate for AIDS- a fundraiser ice skate for AVOC (AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati) will start at 11:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Goggin Ice Arena. It will support HIV care and support services and community education and prevention. Sponsored by Morris Hall Council. A nominal fee applies.
- Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer will present A Boy, A Girl, A Virus, And The Relationship That Happened Anyway, at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Heritage Room, Shriver Center. The couple-one has HIV-relay their personal story and show how living with HIV is perhaps the most important part of having HIV. They stress the importance of prevention to college students who may have become desensitized to HIV. Sponsored by HAWKS peer health educators and the office of health education. Contact the HAWKS at 529-8544 for more information.
For more information on Miamis World AIDS Day programs in general, contact Dan Early, first year adviser, Morris Hall, at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on The AIDS Memorial Quilt is at www.thequilt.org. More information on World AIDS Day is at http://www.unaids.org/wac2004/index_en.htm.